Ranked! The 10 best strikers in the Premier League right now
The start of the 2017/18 Premier League season has demonstrated that English football could again be defined by prolific strikers in a way that it rarely has been since the mid-1990s, when Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona and Robbie Fowler were at their peak.
Since then, there’s been the rivalry between Manchester United and Arsenal, the cultural shift of the mid-noughties inspired by Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez, and most recently the era of the so-called “super” manager.
Now, at a time when strikers once again dominate the landscape, we explore the Premier League’s finest 10 frontmen...
10. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham)
The 32-year-old Spain international’s nine goals in Swansea’s final 15 games of 2016/17 effectively secured their survival, so it's little surprise they've struggled since his departure for Spurs.
That he's unlikely to start when Harry Kane is fit again does little to diminish his abilities. There’s aerial prowess, intelligence and grace with Llorente that makes him more effective and gives him greater variety than other, more recognised goalscorers – Jamie Vardy and Javier Hernandez among them.
9. Wayne Rooney (Everton)
Even with the loss of his speed, his occasional deployment away from the frontline and Everton’s ongoing struggles, the 32-year-old Rooney has proved he remains a fine striker.
There has been a variety to his finishing in scoring his four Premier League goals which, if put to use in a superior team, could easily inspire at least one last prolific season from one of the division’s modern greats.
8. Marcus Rashford (Man United)
That Rashford is already one of English football’s most lethal strikers when he has so rarely been the focal point of Manchester United’s attack demonstrates everything about his potential.
The term “natural finisher” applies more to the 19-year-old than any other in the Premier League, so it’s to be hoped his development won't be undermined by Romelu Lukaku’s presence, given the modern-day preference for a lone orthodox striker – and especially coupled with Jose Mourinho’s suspicion of youth. Few have ever looked so composed in front of goal.
7. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
Even with five goals from a total of only 15 shots amid a promising start to his Arsenal career, the suspicion remains that the club's £52.7m record signing is yet to perform to his very best.
There's a culture and intelligence to the Frenchman’s finishing that, combined with his athleticism, makes him such a consistent attacking threat. However, at a time when players used in the final third are expected to provide so much more than just the finishing touches – and at the age of 26 – will he improve to the point of being considered truly elite?